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As 2014 comes to a close, USIndoor would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the E-Insider a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 14.


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10 Critical Things to Look For in a Small Business Bookkeeper
FOX Business
From April 23: If you run a business and are looking for a bookkeeping solution, it's important to start by understanding the who, what, when, where and how of your ideal scenario. What is ideal for you may not be ideal for a different business type. Here are 10 of the most important areas to consider when comparing bookkeepers so that you will be able to weigh the pros and cons of each.
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7 Unusual Business Write-offs
FOX Business
From Aug. 27: Business owners should strive to take advantage of every possible deduction in order to minimize their tax liability. While the IRS provides a short list of don'ts (for example, you cannot deduct anything illegal such as traffic tickets), it doesn't offer a definitive list of tax deductions available to businesses.
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3 Ways To Turn A Small Business Into A Big Business
By Greg L. Alston
From June 18: Too many small business owners take a bunch of money, throw it at a problem and hope it works. This is why the failure rate of new businesses is 44 percent by the end of the third year of operation. So in my never-ending quest to give simple answers to incredibly complex questions, I have attempted to give a quick explanation of: What makes a business successful and worthy of growing in to a big business? There are really only three things that matter.
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The Top Pitfalls for Small Business Owners
The Huffington Post
From June 4: When starting and running a small business, we often learn as we go. However, some pitfalls in business can be avoided — saving time and money. Here are the top pitfalls for small business owners.
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Tax advice: Common small business tax filing mistakes
WBZ-TV
From March 12: It's easy to make a mistake, but saying you're sorry is rarely enough to satisfy the IRS. Small businesses can innocently make tax mistakes that wind up racking up steep penalties, able to bruise or even bust their much-worked-for bottom line. Want to avoid the most common oopsies? Here's how.
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Minimum Wage: The Time is Now to Increase Workers' Pay
By Danielle Wegert
From May 21: Minimum-wage employees make $7.25 per hour. Is this enough to live on? Is this enough to support a small family? According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a minimum-wage employee in California must work 130 hours to afford a two-bedroom apartment. In Arkansas, that same worker must work 63 hours to afford that same apartment. However, there is not one state in the United States that a minimum-wage employee can work a standard 40-hour workweek and afford an apartment. Do you still think minimum wage is enough to survive?
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I Hired My Sister But Now I Want to Fire Her. What to do?
The Globe and Mail
From April 23: The question: Many years ago, I hired my sister in my startup. As the business grew, so did her salary, but her skills have lagged the company's needs. The business has outgrown her, she is overpaid and underqualified, and she no longer fits with the culture or the future. What should I do?
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5 Simple Steps for Staying Out of Debt
American Express OPEN Forum
From July 30: According to Business Insider, 50 to 70 percent of small businesses fail within their first 18 months. The reasons for these failures are varied — bad location, bad marketing, bad business plan, etc. — but one of the biggest killers I've seen is poor debt-management skills, says Daniel Wesley, founder and CEO of Quote.com.
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